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This two-headed Hereford calf was born in the spring of 1932 and lived about 2 weeks. It died on the day the No Man's Land Museum opened in its original location on the OPSU campus in Sewell-Loofbourrow Hall, and was preserved for exhibit.
Current museum staff, from left, Seth Hammond, Debbie Colson, and Sue Weissinger. –Campus Communications Photos


*For Immediate Release*

New Custodian of Museum Named
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 06-28-05

The Board of Directors for the No Man’s Land Historical Society recently chose Debbie Colson to serve as Custodian of the No Man’s Land Museum. The museum was once a part of Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and a vital relationship between the two is still maintained today.

OPSU’s Dr. Amy Sheldon uses some of the artifacts to teach her students research and conversation and preservation skills. Several members of the OPSU staff serve on the museum’s governing board. President David Bryant is a voting member, OPSU assistant professor Dr. Pauline Hodges is the vice president, and OPSU’s Eric Begley serves as secretary-treasurer. Judge Ron Kincannon of Boise City, a member of the OPSU Advisory Council, serves as the president.

While the No Man’s Land Historical Society owns and maintains the building and employs the Custodian, the Oklahoma Historical Society assists with the artifacts and also provides some funding, while the land the building is on belongs to OPSU. The relationships between the organizations may seem complicated, but the mission of the museum remains simple. “As Custodian, I plan to get the word out about the museum, and hope to build programs that involve children and retirees plus I want to interest tourists in our well-kept secret,” said Colson. She went on to say that in the short time she has been there, museum staff have assisted visitors in genealogical research by providing archived tax records, and have also welcomed people who return to visit their hometowns and come to the museum to reminisce.

The No Man’s Land Museum remains one of the places area residents hold in their hearts. Through the years, numbers of school children have visited the museum on field trips, and many return to the museum as adults to ask if they still have the two-headed calf. While browsing through the exhibits, many discover how deep their roots are, recognizing family and friends’ names as contributors and getting a taste of a long-ago lifestyle.

Sue Weissinger kept the museum running after Dr. Ken Turner, the former Custodian, passed away. Colson calls Weissinger “a lifesaver,” and she credits Sue with making the transition into the new position much easier. OPSU student Seth Hammond, who has been employed at the museum three years, helps keep all of the exhibits tidy.

Bryant said, “Debbie Colson possesses the enthusiasm and knowledge necessary to steer the No Man’s Land Museum in new directions, and I am excited about working with her to attain the goals she sets.”





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